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Why didn’t my baby pass the hearing screening at birth?

If your baby did not pass the hearing screen, it does not necessarily mean that your baby has hearing loss.  There are many reasons why babies don’t pass hearing screenings, but the only way to know if your baby has a hearing loss is to do additional testing.

Testing for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

The Florida Department of Health, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program, is pleased to announce that beginning April 27, 2020, all newborns screened will be tested for a new condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If you have any questions, please contact the